Age: 46, Years running: 23, Hometown: Courtenay, BC, Favorite product: Raptor
What are some of your lifetime running goals?
I have two specific objectives: - To run across the province of BC on one of two routes: preferably the rough trail used by explorer Alexander MacKenzie, or on the "easier" 1600km Trans-Canada Trail - To run the 1200km Great Divide Trail along the Continental Divide from the US border to Kakwa Lake
Do you have a claim to fame?
I'm the only 5-time Hardrock finisher from Canada
Do you have any vices?
I really really like well-hopped microbrewed beer. (is that a vice?) I also like Duran Duran.
What makes you tick as a runner and in the real world?
Embrace where you are. You can learn from your past, but can't change it - take stock of the present and work towards improving the future.
What drives you to run?
Overall, a desire to constantly challenge myself and achieve things I never thought personally possible. Daily training is a reward to the stresses and demands of the workday, and races are the incentive to make me get out there on those cold, rainy Pacific Northwest days. Running also helps me keep my girlish figure.
What is your favorite movie?
Lawrence of Arabia
Do you have any nicknames? Explain:
lonerunman. This came about mainly because I do a lot of my training alone. There are a few people who call me "Diesel" because of the way I climb hills: slow and steady, and occasionally with some sooty exhaust.
What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?
I did about 55 hours with no sleep this year at Hardrock. The race did not go as anticipated, and took wayyyyy longer than expected. I was almost asleep running the last few miles in a surreal, out-of-body experience. Crossing the icy, fast-flowing waters of Mineral Creek woke me up in a hurry and I was good for a few more hours.
If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?
What did you have for lunch yesterday?
Fresh veggies with hummous and a can of salmon.
If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?
music would be playing, and I would be behind the drum kit with the band, facing the audience.
What really scares you about trail running?
Not much, fear can prevent you from heading out the door or trying something new. If you prepare and have a positive attitude, there's nothing to fear.
If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?
They Call Me Bruce
Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?
Courtenay, BC. We made the lifestyle choice and moved there this year!
What’s your worst encounter on the trail?
It was with hunger and humility, when a run in the Mount Baker wilderness I thought would take 5 hours turned into a 10-hour epic. I was out of food and on my knees eating blueberries from bushes to get calories and reach the end of the trail.